The Lost Daughter

The Lost Daughter

Elena Ferrante / Jun 24, 2021

The Lost Daughter Elena Ferrante will blow you away Alice Sebold author of The Lovely BonesFrom the author of The Days of Abandonment The Lost Daughter is Elena Ferrante s most compelling and perceptive meditation on

  • Title: The Lost Daughter
  • Author: Elena Ferrante
  • ISBN: 9781933372426
  • Page: 347
  • Format: Paperback
  • Elena Ferrante will blow you away Alice Sebold, author of The Lovely BonesFrom the author of The Days of Abandonment, The Lost Daughter is Elena Ferrante s most compelling and perceptive meditation on womanhood and motherhood yet Leda, a middle aged divorce, is alone for the first time in years when her daughters leave home to live with their father Her initial, unexp Elena Ferrante will blow you away Alice Sebold, author of The Lovely BonesFrom the author of The Days of Abandonment, The Lost Daughter is Elena Ferrante s most compelling and perceptive meditation on womanhood and motherhood yet Leda, a middle aged divorce, is alone for the first time in years when her daughters leave home to live with their father Her initial, unexpected sense of liberty turns to ferocious introspection following a seemingly trivial occurrence Ferrante s language is as finely tuned and intense as ever, and she treats her theme with a fierce, candid tenacity.

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      • Elena Ferrante

        Elena Ferrante is a pseudonymous Italian novelist.Ferrante is the author of a half dozen novels, including The Lost Daughter originally published as La figlia oscura, 2006 In 2012, Europa Editions began publication of English translations of Ferrante s Neapolitan Novels , a series about two perceptive and intelligent girls from Naples who try to create lives for themselves within a violent and stultifying culture Critics have praised her for her devastating power as a novelist and for a style that is pleasingly rigorous and sharply forthright Ferrante holds that books, once they are written, have no need of their authors 10th March 2016, The Story of the Lost Child was longlisted for the 2016 Man Booker International prize, celebrating the finest in global fiction translated to English.


    1. MADRE DI BAMBOLAQualche giorno fa ho letto queste parole che mi hanno fatto pensare a Elena Ferrante.In particolare a questo romanzo, che è il suo libro che preferisco.Il film di Mario Martone (1995) dal romanzo d’esordio di Elena Ferrante (1992)Il lavoro di uno scrittore è quello di dire le cose che si suppone non si debbano dire, di aiutarci a tornare allo stato iniziale, alle emozioni più primitive e assolute che abbiamo vissuto da bambino. Uno scrittore deve scavare in quei sentimenti c [...]

    2. This is going to sound strange -- I loved this book, but I didn't enjoy it. The story involves a mother of grown daughters who is dealing with her own ambivalence at what she gave up to assume that role. The author manages to take the flicker of lost independence that every mother feels and magnify it and state it in a brutal and unflinching way. I hated the narrator, but I couldn't look away.

    3. The Lost Daughter by Elena Ferrante was out bookclub end of season read.In this Novella The narrator, a forty-seven-year-old divorcée summering alone on the Ionian coast, becomes obsessed with a beautiful young mother who seems ill at ease with her husband’s rowdy, slightly menacing Neapolitan clan. When this woman’s daughter loses her doll, the older woman commits a small crime that she can’t explain even to herself. I have to admit I totally struggled with the characters and the plot of [...]

    4. As all of Ferrante's novels do, The Lost Daughter looks intimately at the complicated nature of motherhood and femininity. Leda, a 47-year old divorcee, is on vacation after her two daughters, now adults, move to live with their father in Canada. She spends her summer by the beach where she meets Nina, a young mother, and her daughter, Lenuccia, who is obsessed with her doll that eventually goes missing. Leda's interactions with this Neapolitan family gets her tied up in something bigger than he [...]

    5. Troubling Love. The Days of Abandonment. The Lost Daughter. Throw these titles up in the air and whichever lands on whichever book, it would fit. (Not the covers, though: each is uniquely apt.) Ferrante's first-person female narrators could almost be the same woman at different stages of life, except for the three being too close in age and possessing different voices. They are creative women with similar Neapolitan mothers, though with different family ties: single, childless Delia, a cartoonis [...]

    6. After four read books, I can conclude that I experience an unconditional devotion to Ferrante's novels and emphatically place her amongst my favorite authors. I simply admire the frankness and the brutality of her thoughts and celebrate eagerly the woman's manifest in each sentence. Ferrante's struggle is to shatter the assumed, especially in conservative societies, image of the woman - the mother, the wife, the housekeeper. This is the similarity I find in each novel - the endeavor to redeem pa [...]

    7. “Life can have an ironic geometry. Starting from the age of thirteen or fourteen I had aspired to a bourgeois decorum, proper Italian, a good life, cultured and reflective. Naples had seemed a wave that would drown me. I didn’t think the city could contain life forms different from those I had known as a child, violent or sensually lazy, tinged with sentimental vulgarity or obtusely fortified in defense of their own wretched degradation”The Lost Daughter is the third novel by Italian autho [...]

    8. Here’s what we know about Elena Ferrante’s narrator, Leda: she’s the middle-aged mother of two grown daughters. Her daughters are living overseas with their father. She is a renowned English Literature scholar. And she is, by her own words, an unnatural mother.In this searing book, Elena Ferrante courageously confronts one of our social taboos: what happens if, despite all our expectations, we feel diminished by motherhood? What if we choose to abandon our roles? What does that say about u [...]

    9. Ewww! This is certainly not a 4 star for enjoyment, but in writing ability and emotive core character layered, nearly a 5. Elena Ferrante is absolutely able to conceptualize, feel, display and express dichotomy of want/repulse, love/hate, scattered self-identity and in other general minutia, the Italian culture's brand of personality disordered woman. This one is vilely unlikable. She was to me. She self-describes as "the unnatural Mother". It's a state of hurt from both generational directions [...]

    10. "Sometimes you have to escape in order not to die."I am a Ferrante fan. I blistered through her Neapolitan Tetralogy, liking some over others, but overall it was pretty amazing as a whole. "Days of Abandonment" was strong, but a work on its own and perhaps my favorite of the ones I've read from her. "The Lost Daughter" is the antithesis of "Days of Abandonment". If a parent leaves, society deems it normal if it's the father, but if a mother leaves, that same society questions why? How could she? [...]

    11. Elena Ferrante's 3rd novel and the novel she has cited as her most daring. It's slim 130 pages prepared the ground for the epic and magnificent 1700 page My Beautiful Friend.The set-up is simple: a divorced middle-aged woman with two grown up children is on holiday and becomes intrigued by a young girl and her mid-20s mother she sees on the beach. She initially sees their relationship as an ideal she failed to achieve, before, as she gets to know them better, realising that their issues mirror h [...]

    12. Ferrante. Ferrante. Kde som to meno len počula? Kde som ho videla? Rozmýšľala som, keď mi v kníhkupectve padol zrak na obálku Temnej dcéry. Spomenula som si. Čítala som o nej na internete. Napísal Neapolskú ságu. Zobrala som teda do rúk útlu knižočku a začítala sa. Nečakala som, že sa začítam až natoľko, že sa od písmeniek nebudem môcť odtrhnúť. Čo som mala robiť? Jasné, že si tú knihu kúpiť! Stalo sa. A bola to skvelá kúpa. Ferrante je pojem. Už to, že [...]

    13. distrubing in its honesty about women caught between children and career or fullfillment or just wanting to do and be their own person apart from mama or wife or cleaner or whathaveyou. clever too how author does this in title, she was a damaged daughter who wanted nothing more than to escape from her mother and grandmother in hillbilly naples, only to find she wanted nothing more than to escape from her phd husband and two daughters and pursue HER phd (which she did, and never looked back, for [...]

    14. The best feature of this book was its size. It was small. That much I can say about it. Beyond this, I found the characters utterly annoying, the plot borderline nauseating, and the writing well, tolerable. I strongly considered creating a "heroine I'd gladly slap" shelf, but it's not worth it. I truly hope that I never become such a person, and even more, that I never meet such a person. Sadly, I'll remain in the dark when it comes to the reason everybody is so delighted with this fictional mis [...]

    15. A brutally frank novel of maternal ambivalence. A 40-something divorced mother of two grown daughters looks back and examines her feelings on motherhood. Although disturbing at times it was very intriguing. She is shockingly honest which is refreshing. I think many mothers have at some point felt at least a little of what she has written but would be afraid to admit for fear of how they would be viewed by others.

    16. The reclusive Elena Ferrante has come into much praise of late in the U.S. for her novels of female friendship set against the gritty backdrop of crime-ridden Naples. This novel is the outlier--it takes place at the beach and the woman at its center, an Italian professor of English named Leda, is solitary, even, by choice it would seem, friendless. She stumbles into a glancing association with the lost daughter of the title and her rough, fractious Neapolitan family. But, for all her education a [...]

    17. I was riveted by the intensity of the narrator's experience as the mother of two grown daughters, the complicated feelings of love and self-reproach that eat away at her spirit long after she's no longer responsible for the care of the girls. All of this is tied up with a suspenseful plot, too--I read this book in one sitting.

    18. I loved this short novel from the ever incredible Elena Ferrante. The twisted story of the protagonist who steals a doll on a beach is both captivating and heart-breaking. In typical Ferrante fashion, the narration wanders between the primary narrative of the protagonist's seaside vacation and her memories of her now-moved away daughters. It is a poignant portrait of motherhood and dealing with getting old. A must read for fans of the Naples tetralogy - for me perhaps her strongest standalone no [...]

    19. The Lost Daughter is especially interesting to experience after reading Ferrante's Neapolitan novels. She explores struggle and ambivalence in motherhood with the same cutting voice. It's easy and exciting to see the similarities in choice and process between her characters here and in the Neapolitan novels. I found it a condensed version of the same power she exhibited in her series, but with focus on one theme over a short period of time. I enjoyed the few moments of surprise when you realize [...]

    20. Wow. This thing moves through you like an acidic breath of not-so-fresh air, but there's something magical to the voice that keeps the narrative moving very very quickly. The narrator is not particularly likeable, but she is smart, darkly funny and - above all - honest, which is more or less what this is an exercise in exploring. "The hardest things to talk about are the ones we ourselves can't understand": this nugget arrives on page 2, and then - through a series of minor, but menacing events [...]

    21. Motherhood angst and a dose of pure genius. I tore through this novel and kept myself awake for nights thinking about it. If you like your fiction dark and provocative (and just a little bit unhinged), you will love Elena Ferrante as much as I do.

    22. See my full review here: booksaremyfavouriteandbest.worThere are taboo subjects when it comes to motherhood – things that mothers might think about but rarely, if ever, talk about. Having favourite children; fantasisng about simply walking out and leaving the family to look after themselves; resenting children for robbing you of career or life aspirations; feeling jealous of your own children and their opportunities; judging other women’s’ parenting; loving your children but not ‘liking [...]

    23. I picked this book up at BEA10 at the Europa booth. If you've read The Elegance of the Hedgehog, I'm sure you noticed the beautiful, velvety, sumptuous cover. Well, all the Europa books have the same type of cover (with different artwork, of course) and I was immediately drawn in by their eye-appeal. Lost Daughter caught my eye, and although you aren't supposed to judge a book by its cover, well obviously I did. And I am SO glad I did!This is a very short book; I might call it a novella. The mai [...]

    24. This was my first Ferrante, and I am kind of undecided whether I should continue — but I gather I should, because it is written and reads very well.[SPOILERS BELOW]A female academic (Leda), a specialist in English literature with a mediocre career, goes to the sea from Florence (where she lives and teaches) and, once there, immediately starts to closely observe a group of Napoletans who are also having a leave by the sea — they live in a villa close by, but the man who obviously hires it o [...]

    25. Eerste kennismaking met Ferrante. Misschien iets te uitgesponnen maar absolute ontdekking voor mij.Ik hou enorm van de schrijfstijl.Eigenlijk gekocht als teaser om haar/zijn (?) vierluik al dan niet te lezen.Bij luik 1 las ik : boeiende bildungsroman, met op de achtergrond de geschiedenis van Napels en Italië, te vergelijken met films als 'Novecento' en 'La meglio gioventù'. Maw ik was heel nieuwsgierig!Op mijn kerstlijstje staat alvast het eerste deel : De geniale vriendin.

    26. Je wordt de hele tijd heen en weer geslingerd tussen (heel veel) afkeer, (beetje) begrip, soms zelfs wat sympathie voor het hoofdpersonage. Niet echt een persoon met wie ik graag een glas zou gaan drinken en toch, heel af en toe, ook herkenbaar.

    27. Nina mi diede mi diede l'impressione di una conchiglia teneramente colorata che tiene ben serrato all'interno il suo mollume incolore e vigile.Letto fino in fondo per tigna, è stato un amaro calice: scrittura ostica per il coacervo di similitudini simil barocche, talmente artefatte da suscitare a volte disgusto.Ma è anche e in special modo la psicologia a fallare. Se l'intento era rappresentare incertezze, aspirazioni, frustrazioni e bisogni femminili; l'essere combattute, se non lacerate, tra [...]

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